How Did This Happen?

“That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a shock.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · How Did This Happen? Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for How Did This Happen? Part 1: How Did This Happen? “That whole transition from having a nice house to being homeless – it was a […]

Every Day Is Questionable

“Living in your car… it’s not a home.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Every Day Is Questionable Story by Connor O’Hagin. Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for Every Day Is Questionable I don’t’ know what exactly led up to it, but there was an eviction. I had to pack everything up, but there was […]

To Have a Yacht in Valpo

“Today and tomorrow are going to be frigid – zero degrees again.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · To Have a Yacht in Valpo Story by Eric Beaubreau. Edited by Amanda Yonushatis. Transcript for To Have a Yacht in Valpo So, I’m not native to here, but I’ve been here a while. If I had […]

Starting to Change

“As I got older…my freedom to be outside was definitely different.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Starting To Change Edited by Olivia Brown Transcript for Started to Change I live in Northwest Indiana for about eight months now. I just moved there last year. I lived in Dolton before. Dolton is, it’s more of […]

Some of the Best Ground in the World

“Nowadays, most of these farms have ripped all the fences out and they can take the 40-acre fields and they make them into 200 and 300.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Some of the Best Ground in the World Edited by Nick Ladeau Transcript for Some of the Best Ground in the World I’m […]

The Region Is a Puzzle

“That’s a really big catalyst for the competition that we see in the region – because everybody’s so close together, they don’t want to be associated with the other one.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · The Region Is A Puzzle Edited by Chris Gere Transcript for The Region Is a Puzzle Growing up in […]

Let There Be Cake

“I don’t understand the experience of other minority groups. But I do understand the experience of being unsure and being scared, because you have to come out as being gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered…you never stop coming out.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Let There Be Cake Produced by Lisa Zandy Transcript for Let There […]

You Pay for It in the End

“At 13, I started waitressing…I was making more money than anybody I knew.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · You Pay For It In The End Produced by Amanda Yonushatis Transcript for You Pay for It in the End I was born in Maryville, Tennessee. It was a very small town at the time. We […]

Where Is Everybody Running Away To?

“The potential in Gary was and still is tremendous.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for Where Is Everyone Running Away To? Everything was changing so fast. It was changing too fast. Everybody can adjust to change, but it just seemed like it happened overnight. But the physical town changed. And then, when […]